Six years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the US still provides the world’s most expensive healthcare with the poorest public health outcomes of any industrialized country. Now in an election year, healthcare has returned to the public eye, with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders making universal care a central part of his platform, calling for comprehensive healthcare for everyone within our borders. Is this plan feasible? Is it afford- able? Is it desirable?
Three highly respected physicians, Donald M. Berwick, John Kitzhaber, and Alisha Moreland, all with experience in state and national healthcare policy, offer their observations on how this debate, and Senator Sanders’ single payer advocacy can advance the aims of better care to more people for less money in our country.